Lenovo IdeaPad K1 review

£360
Price when reviewed

In terms of core specifications, the K1 is a little more mainstream. As with so many other Android 3 tablets, there’s a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra processor under the hood, backed in this case with 1GB of RAM. Plus, there’s a healthy 32GB of storage for all your apps, music photos and videos, the usual GPS for navigation, and Bluetooth for connecting wireless peripherals and headphones.

This results in performance that’s pretty much indistinguishable from the rest of the Android Honeycomb crowd, with a BBC homepage load time of four seconds, and generally responsive panning and zooming. There were some rough edges: the lock screen graphic is sometimes clipped as you drag the icon across to wake the tablet up, and the camera app froze a couple of times, but it’s nothing serious. The K1’s battery, meanwhile, lasted 8hrs 5mins while playing a low-resolution video on loop – that’s not exceptional, but it is above average.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1

Where it all starts to go awry is with the cameras. There are both front and rear units on the K1 – with resolutions of 5 and 2-megapixels respectively – and a single LED flash to help out in low light. Quality, however, is terrible, with soft, horrendously over-compressed images and video. We’re not convinced by the K1’s chassis either.

The rear panel is so flexible and insubstantial that if you push it too hard the screen begins to ripple and flash. It’s heavy at 770g, and its wide bezel makes it feel significantly larger in the hands than its main rivals. And the final problem is with the tablet’s 10.1in, 1,280 x 800 resolution screen. It isn’t the brightest around, at 301cd/m2, which means reading it in bright outdoor light can be a challenge.

Despite the niggles, though, this is a decent tablet at a decent price. There’s a generous helping of preinstalled apps and games, a good 32GB of storage and general performance is fine. Other tablets offer superior hardware, and a better quality all-round package, but none quite manages to match the Lenovo IdeaPad K1’s bang per buck.

Detail

Warranty 1yr on-site

Physical

Dimensions 260 x 13 x 185mm (WDH)
Weight 770g

Display

Primary keyboard On-screen
Screen size 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,280
Resolution screen vertical 800
Panel technology VA TFT

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz 1,000MHz
Integrated memory 32.0GB
RAM capacity 1.00GB

Camera

Camera megapixel rating 5.0mp
Focus type autofocus
Built-in flash? yes
Built-in flash type LED
Front-facing camera? yes
Video capture? yes

Other

WiFi standard 802.11n
Integrated GPS yes
Accessories supplied USB dongle
HDMI output? yes

Software

Mobile operating system Android 3

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